Victory lifts Saffron Walden Town off foot of table

PUBLISHED: 18:30 10 November 2015 | UPDATED: 18:36 10 November 2015

Craig Calver. Picture: Jamie Pluck

Craig Calver. Picture: Jamie Pluck

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Saffron Walden Town climbed off the bottom of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division with a 3-1 victory over Whitton United.

The much-needed three points saw the Bloods leap up to 16th in the table, a move helped a little by postponements elsewhere.

Walden didn’t start the game well and found themselves 1-0 down in the first two minutes.

Whitton crossed the ball into the six yard box and a shot was slotted past keeper Floyd Croll.

Ten minutes into the match the injured Chris Reid was replaced by Louis Harper.

The bad conditions did not help either team as a few players slipping over and some of the tackles were slightly late.

Walden were playing a high pressing game and working hard for the equaliser as James Solkhon scored from a corner kick taken by Dan Grindrod.

The ball only just went over the line, which had the fans wondering if it would be allowed, but after a quick discussion between the officials the referee awarded the goal.

The Bloods were playing some excellent football and dominated the wing play.

The passing and movement had improved since last week’s narrow defeat away to Haverhill Rovers.

James Thomas and Craig Calver looked a constant threat, they are both very skilful players and were creating chances from both flanks.

Walden made the perfect start to the second half as James Thomas latched on to Grindrod’s dangerous cross and made it 2-1 to the visitors.

Shortly after Walden’s goal, Whitton came close to an equaliser from a curling cross from the wing.

Croll managed to push the ball over the bar for a corner to Whitton.

Louis Harper came very close to extending the Bloods’ lead.

Harper ran onto Paul Abbot’s through ball, but his shoot just missed the goal and went into the side netting.

Joe Murphy had an excellent headed goal disallowed after he dived at Solkhon’s headed cross, however Calver was caught offside, but it didn’t look like he was interfering with play.

In the last third of the match Whitton did try and get back into the game, but could not get through Walden’s strong defence.

With just minutes remaining, Calver scored the goal of the day to make it 3-1.

He controlled James Thomas’ cross and brought the ball to his feet, he pushed it to his right hand side and firmly hit an effort over the keeper and in off the underside of the crossbar, with the ball bouncing down and over the line.

In the last few minutes Whitton tried to claim for a penalty, but the referee waved play on and Walden saw out the game to secure a vital victory.

TEAM: Floyd Croll, Dan Grindrod, Chris Reid (Louis Harper – 10 mins), Paul Abott, James Solkhon, Joe Murphy (Mark Abbot – 90 mins), Ryan Fleming, Jake Noble, Spike Bell (Max Drane – 90 mins), James Thomas, Craig Calver.

Substitutes (not used): Neil Andrews, James Crane.

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